Glee and New Directions for Social Change

  • Brian C. Johnson
  • Daniel K. Faill

Part of the Youth, Media, & Culture Series book series (YMCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Drew Shade, Keunyeong Kim, Eun-Hwa Jung, Mary Beth Oliver
      Pages 3-15
  3. Bullying

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Kimberley Walsh
      Pages 19-39
    3. Kelly p. Dillon
      Pages 41-57
  4. LGBTQ (MIS)Representations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Jenna Guitar
      Pages 61-68
    3. Ryan Cales
      Pages 69-79
    4. Gene Kelly
      Pages 81-93
  5. Identity Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Margeaux Lippman-Hoskins
      Pages 111-122
    3. Kristen Navarro
      Pages 123-137
    4. Dana Hasson
      Pages 139-157
  6. Death and the Search for Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Shannon M. Taylor
      Pages 161-171
    3. Dustin Bradley Goltz
      Pages 173-184
    4. Davis B. Smith
      Pages 185-194
    5. Lisa K. Perdigao
      Pages 195-206
  7. Social Justice Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Natalia Cherjovsky
      Pages 209-221
    3. Jamison Keller
      Pages 223-228
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 229-232

About this book


In the fall of 2009, the Fox network took a bold step in their primetime television lineup. Borrowing from the success of reality music performance shows like its own American Idol, the network introduced us to the students at McKinley High School, a fictional high school in Lima, OH, and home to the glee club known as the New Directions. The group is made up of freaks and geeks who feel the wrath of being “different.” The cool kids are hell bent on making life difficult for the students in glee club. Yet, because of the determination of Mr. Will Schuester, the club’s advisor, along with a few great songs, Glee has brought a new tone of inclusion to modern television and direct parallels can be seen between the experiences of the show choir members and what is happening in contemporary society. Glee has shown the importance of examining the intersections of pop culture and social issues; this text will encourage thinking on how effective the show has been beyond the screen. Essays provide critical analyses of the show, its characters, and its overall usefulness as a commentary on social issues. The show’s content often deals with subject matter that would lend easily to critique around such social issues as sexuality, bullying, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and family relationships. This text invites readers to examine the intersections between media, society, and the individual.


media representations multicultural education social change

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian C. Johnson
    • 1
  • Daniel K. Faill
    • 2
  1. 1.Bloomsburg UniversityBloomsburgUSA
  2. 2.Loyola Marymount UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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